KUALA LUMPUR: The Ministry of Defence is moving forward to establish a Future Force that should possess defensive aspects as well as offensive force projection and the ability to attack after taking into consideration the current condition of the country.
Minister of Defence, Mohamad Sabu said, the Future Force should be able to operate independently and concurrently both in the Peninsular and also in Sabah and Sarawak.
“Before the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) operated in a single service-centric which was suitable with the dynamics of the war at that time but now it should function in a multiple centric.
“The multiple centric has resulted with no team or agency could operate alone without the involvement of other agencies Now MAF needs to work hand in hand with other related agencies to get more effective results,” said Mohamad in his keynote address at the MIDAS Conference 2019 with the theme “Defending a Maritime Nation:Whither MAF Joint Force?” here today (Monday Nov.25).
In line with the future plan, Mohamad said, MAF should develop their human resources to support the needs of the Future Force and for this, proper training is needed to get the right people for the right job for the sustainability of the national defence.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Defence Minister, Senator Liew Chin Tong in his speech at the closing of the MIDAS Conference said, the MIDAS as the think-tank of the Ministry of Defence must serve as the honest and constructive self-critic of the government and be the forefront of strategic thinking for the ministry.
“MIDAS should also help other agencies to go forward in embracing new, innovative ideas and ways of thinking.
“For a think-tank to succeed, its most important element is the people in it. We must invest in our people and build a generation of researchers who will go on to become experts in their various subject matters.
“There should be a constructive “revolving door” mechanism where this pool of talents can move across between government, think-tanks, teaching colleges and universities so that we create synergy between these institutions and build people to people ties,” said Chin Tong.
Chin Tong added, it was proposed in the White Paper that is to be tabled in Parliament in early December that a security cluster should be created.
The security cluster he said involved civil servants that are trained in international affairs and security issues will serve in security-related services such as Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs and National Security Council in a rotational system.
“It is important to retain this pool of talents and with them the institutional memories and the depth to understand the complexity of security challenges will be achieved,” he said. – Malaysia World News (MWN).